Where to Stay on Your Fatima Holiday

A Central Hotel Just Next to the Fatima Shrine: We arrive at Fatima in the evening and there is just enough time to have a quick shower before dinner. There's a mass and candlelight procession on tonight at 21:30 at the Chapel of the Apparitions and we are fortunate that our hotel for the … [Read more...]

Cruising Norway’s Spectacular Coastline with Hurtigruten

A Spectacular Voyage along Norway's Coast: The Hurtigruten 12-day Norwegian Coastal Voyage from Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen is a spectacular voyage showcasing Norway's scenic coastline, its rich sea heritage and the life of communities along the coastal stretch.  Doing the cruise at Christmas time, … [Read more...]

Óbidos – Portugal’s Perfect Medieval Fortress

Óbidos Is Sometimes Referred to as "Queen's Town": One of my favourite destinations in Portugal is Óbidos.  This pretty and well preserved medieval town is sometimes called the "Queen's Town". When King Dinis married Isabel of Aragon in 1282, Óbidos was one of the wedding presents that he gave … [Read more...]

Cascais – A Fashionable Seaside Resort

Cascais - Once the preferred destination of European aristocracy: Cascais, like many coastal Portuguese towns, was once a traditional fishing village. It enjoyed a period of growth in the 14th century when boats on their way to Lisbon would stop here.  Being a major stop-off point for the … [Read more...]

Yalta – Jewel of the Crimean Peninsula

Yalta - Famous for the 1945 Yalta Conference: With its mountain peaks serving as a lovely backdrop, warm and sunny summers, Yalta, the jewel of the Crimean peninsula, became a fashionable health resort in the 19th century. Tsar Nicholas II and other Russian aristocrats brought their families … [Read more...]

Kyiv (or Kiev) – One of Eastern Europe’s Oldest Cities

Kyiv is the Capital of the Ukraine As Well as Its Largest City: Kyiv or Kiev (pronounced Keeve in Ukrainian), the capital of the Ukraine, is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe.  The first thing we learn about the Ukrainian capital is that we've been pronouncing its name incorrectly, … [Read more...]

Odessa – "Pearl of the Black Sea"

Odessa - St. Petersburg of the South: Odessa, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Black Sea" is the third largest city in Ukraine and the largest city along the Black Sea.  It is the Ukraine's most significant commercial centre. A Brief History of Odessa Odessa's history includes … [Read more...]

Regent’s Canal – Popular for its Boating Holidays

The Regent's Canal is One of London's Best-Kept Secrets: To say that the Regent's Canal is one of the best-kept secrets in London is no exaggeration. I've been travelling to London since the 1990's and yet this year is the first time that I'm visiting this Canal with nearly 200 years of … [Read more...]

Faro – Algarve

The Administrative Capital of the Algarve: Faro has been the administrative capital of the Algarve since 1756. The word Faro comes from Farum which was taken from the last part of the name of a past Moorish governor. When the Moors ruled Faro, they renamed the town in the 11th century after one of … [Read more...]

Faro – Algarve

The Administrative Capital of the Algarve: Faro has been the administrative capital of the Algarve since 1756. The word Faro comes from Farum which was taken from the last part of the name of a past Moorish governor. When the Moors ruled Faro, they renamed the town in the 11th century after one … [Read more...]